NSW pushes for marriage equality: same-sex marriage bill debated today
Labor MLC Penny Sharpe and other members of the cross party working group are presenting the Same-Sex Marriage Bill to NSW parliament for debate today.
Sharpe says she thinks it will be tough to get the Bill through but hope MPS will vote in favour to remove the “last vestige” of discrimination in NSW laws.
The Bill has been scrutinised to assure it will withstand any potential High Court challenge.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell who had previously touted his support for same-sex marriage has released a statement today in which he suggests the best option to achieve marriage equality is a federal law.
However Australian Marriage Equality advocates say the states have an obligation to put pressure on the federal government by crafting their own same-sex marriage laws.
"The states have a moral responsibility to ensure all loving committed same-sex couples are treated equally," AME national director Rodney Croome said.
"The whole point of our federal structure is that when reform is blocked at one level it can progress at another."